Ex-ministry officer’s family has RM1.5 million in Tabung Haji, court told

KUALA LUMPUR: The Tabung Haji account books belonging to the wife and two children of former youth and sports ministry senior officer Otman Arsahd were tendered as exhibits in his trial yesterday.

He is charged with 32 counts of abusing his position and submitting false claims involving RM38.4 million.

The three account books were submitted to the court by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) SAC Asmawi Kulup Lam at the examination by MACC deputy public prosecutor Amer Abu Bakar Abdullah.

Asmawi, who is the 49th witness, said the Tabung Haji account of Otman’s wife Mastura Annuar, 58, had RM1,320,641.31, with the last transaction stated as of Feb 21, 2016.

“The other two Tabung Haji account books belonging to Otman’s children had savings of RM91,282.32 and RM91,479.10, with the last transaction stated as of Feb 21, 2016,” he said.

The witness also tendered a “tasbih” made of pearls as evidence.

Earlier, Asmawi had also tendered invoices on the purchase of two Cartier watches.

One was a Ballon Bleu De Cartier worth RM105,000 and the other was a Rotonde Astrotourbillon worth RM432,000, which were bought on Jan 2, 2011 and Jan 7, 2012.

Other items included a certificate of authenticity for a framed panorama photograph titled “Tree of Serenity”, 32 buttons for Malay shirts that were from Italy, and two Richard Mille watch winders.

On April 21, 2016, Otman, 59, who is represented by counsel Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali, was charged with 64 counts of receiving RM16,623,000 in ill-gotten proceeds that were deposited into Maybank, RHB and CIMB Berhad accounts via cheques between March 7, 2012 and Dec 11, 2015.

A director of a sports equipment company under the youth and sports ministry, Abdul Gafar Abdurahiman, 44, and his wife, Siti Rohanah Hussien, 44, also face 63 counts of transferring RM15,723,000 in ill-gotten proceeds through 63 transactions from the bank accounts of three of their companies to Otman’s bank account in the same period.

They are accused of committing the offences at different locations, including RHB Bank Precint 8, Putrajaya, Menara Maybank Jalan Tun Perak and Maybank Jalan Raja.

Gafar and Siti Rohanah were represented by counsel Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos.

The trial before judge Azura Alwi continues today.

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